Wednesday, November 30, 2011

YouTube Wednesday: FANTASTIC FOUR "Galactus"

It's the 50th Anniversary of Fantastic Four #1...
Reprint of FF #49 Art by Sal Buscema
...and I wanted to present the first media adaptation of the greatest FF story of all...The Galactus Trilogy! (FF Volume 1 #48-50) as shown on the Hanna-Barbera Fantastic Four cartoon in 1967!
Reprint of FF #48 Art by John Buscema & Joe Sinnott
Regrettably, the complete episode is not available on YouTube, only a 4-minute "highlight" clip.
Scroll down and you'll see it.
Reprint of FF #50. Art by Gil Kane & Frank Giacoia
BTW, if you're wondering why I'm showing the covers from the Marvel's Greatest Comics reprints of the stories instead of the originals, it's because many fans under 40 have never seen these covers from 1972, and everyone's seen the (admittedly-classic) Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott original editions from 1966!

The voice cast includes Ted Cassidy (Lurch from Addams Family) as Galactus, Vic Perrin (Control Voice/Narrator of Outer Limits) as Silver Surfer, and Paul Frees doing double-duty as both The Thing and The Watcher!
The script was 95% lifted directly from the Stan Lee comic book script, and the character designs and storyboarding were adapted/simplified by Alex Toth based on the Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott art.
Regrettably, the actual animation was a tad crude, but considering the sheer volume of material Hanna-Barbera had on all three networks that year, it's a miracle it's as good as it is.
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